Human Development and Social Relationships (859L5)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

The aim of this module is to provide an overview of key theories of human growth and development in the context of social relationships. In particular the module will: critically examine developmental and socio-cultural concepts, such as attachment, resilience, loss and change, identity and self in relation to their relevance to social work policy and practice, explore the social, political and professional contexts in which developmental pathways and social relationships are established, maintained and changed, especially in respect of the influence of class, 'race', gender, sexuality and disablement, consider these issues of selfhood in relation to others across the human life-course from conception to death.


100%: Seminar


75%: Coursework (Essay)
25%: Group work (Group presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 55 hours of contact time and about 95 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.